Recap - Eduardo Rodriguez VERY impressive in Red Sox win

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

The Red Sox received 7.2 outstanding innings from rookie pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez and enough offense to pull out a 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers in Arlington on Thursday night.

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Making his MLB debut, Rodriguez (pictured) held the Rangers scoreless on three hits and two walks while striking out seven. It was only the third time all season a Boston starter has thrown at least seven shutout innings.

Tommy Layne recorded the final out of the eighth inning and allowed the lone Texas run in the ninth. Koji Uehara got the final out of the game.

The Red Sox scored in the top of the fifth inning on a Mookie Betts RBI single that plated Blake Swihart. Hanley Ramirez doubled the lead with his eleventh home run of the season in the top of the sixth; it was his first home run in May. Swihart singled home two more in the top of the eighth and Castillo singled home another with an infield hit.

Dustin Pedroia and Betts led Boston with three hits; Pedroia is hitting .406 in his last eight games and .417 (10-for-24) since being put into the leadoff spot of the lineup. Ramirez and Swihart each had two.

Boston grounded into five double plays in the game.

Xander Bogaerts left the game after being hit by a pitch in the second inning. He was replaced in the lineup by newcomer Carlos Peguero.

Josh Hamilton made his first appearance in Texas since returning to the Rangers. He had two hits and an RBI and received a strong ovation from the Arlington crowd.

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